Publications

Falling at each hurdle: Credibility assessments in women’s asylum claims

When women seek asylum from human rights abuses, why is it that their stories are not believed and not considered credible? A negative credibility assessment is the No. 1 reason why women’s asylum applications are refused. In this video, Asylum Aid explores why. Many asylum-seekers may have experienced persecution because of their gender. Examples of…

Camilla Omollo from UCL STAR reflects on the Protection Gap Campaign

As a university student in London, it is easy to get lost in the blur of the fast-paced city, in addition to assignments and competitive job applications. To avoid falling into this bubble, I became involved with UCL’s Student Action for Refugees society (UCL STAR) as a weekly volunteer in my second year, and as…

28 Too Many Report on FGM in the Gambia

In 2010, the national prevalence of FGM for girls and women aged 15-49 years old in the Gambia is 76.3%, a two point decrease from 2005, according to a new country guidance report published by 28 Too Many. The 2013 figure is expected to drop an additional 1.4%. However, in areas with the highest prevalence…

Asylum Aid contributes to Beijing+20

Asylum Aid has contributed to a review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.  This international declaration for women’s equality and empowerment was adopted by the UN in 1995.  The review of progress made in the implementation of the declaration (Beijing+20) took place at the Commission on the Status of Women  at United Nations…

New Home Office Guidance on LGB asylum claims

The Home Office has revised its Asylum Policy Instruction on sexual identity issues within the asylum claim, following a critical report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration. The Chief Inspector’s report found that asylum interviews for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) asylum claimants contained stereotyping and inappropriate questions likely to elicit a…

Channel 4 undercover in Yarl’s Wood

Yarl’s Wood immigration Removal Centre was the focus of an under-cover investigation which Channel 4 News aired on 2nd March 2015. The detainees at Yarl’s Wood are asylum seekers who have exhausted their appeals, those in the Detained Fast Track and women with other immigration issues. The investigation revealed:   Numerous incidents of self-harm Questions over…

Removing gender discrimination from nationality laws

Statelessness campaigners and women’s rights activists have achieved revisions of discriminatory nationality laws in Algeria, Morocco and Senegal, taking these countries an important step forward on the path to eliminating statelessness. In particular, the Arab Women’s Right to Nationality Campaign has carried out “exemplary” advocacy, paving the way for pioneering reforms in nationality laws in…

Petition urges UK government to ratify the Istanbul Convention

Asylum Aid has lent its support to IC Change’s campaign calling for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention on Violence Against Women and Girls. The strength of the Convention lies in the fact that it clearly recognises the rights of women escaping gender-based violence and seeking protection in another country. We particularly support the Convention’s acknowledgement…